When the Buffalo Bills failed to land a quarterback in the NFL draft last weekend, general manager Buddy Nix hinted he already had one in mind in free agency.
How’s the possibility of adding Vince Young sound?
The veteran free agent quarterback is traveling to Buffalo for a scheduled workout for the Bills on Wednesday. It will be Young’s first formal workout with a team this offseason since he was not re-signed by the Philadelphia Eagles after completing a one-year contract.
The Buffalo News, citing unnamed league sources, first reported Young’s scheduled visit on its website on Tuesday, and it was since confirmed on the Bills website.
Three people familiar with Young and his schedule also confirmed his visit with The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team’s front office has not announced the workout will take place.
Young, who turns 29 later this month, has been biding his time to determine the next step of his career. He elected to wait until after the draft to start visiting teams to see which ones were still in need of quarterback help, one of the people said.
The Bills have a starter in place in Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has earned the respect and trust of coach Chan Gailey over the past two seasons. Young’s versatility as both a runner and passer would be regarded as ideal fits in Gailey’s offense, and particularly in wildcat formations.
If signed by the Bills, Young would be expected to compete with returning veteran Tyler Thigpen for a backup job.
Young has had an up-and-down career since being selected third overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2006 NFL draft. He was the NFL’s 2006 offensive rookie of the year, but eventually lost his starting job on several occasions in Tennessee before the Titans ran out of patience with him.